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|Title: ||Agricultural Cooperatives: Opportunities, Performances|
|Authors: ||Birhanu, Teka|
|Advisors: ||Ali Hassen|
|Keywords: ||Agricultural Cooperatives:|
|Copyright: ||May-2011 |
|Date Added: ||27-Nov-2012 |
|Abstract: ||Cooperatives have gained prominence in rural Ethiopia to enhance the agricultural development strategy
within the macro-economic policy frameworks of the country. Thus, this study aimed to identify the
opportunities, performances and challenges of Adigudom Agricultural Cooperative Union in Hintalo -
Wajirat Woreda, Tigray Regional State.
To achieve these objectives, data were collected from different sources. Primary data were collected from
respondents of three sample primary cooperatives. In addition, FGD and key informant interview were also
important sources of the primary data. To select sample respondents among or between types of
cooperatives simple random techniques was applied. As a result of this, 100 respondents were selected
across type of cooperatives for the questionnaire. However, out of this, 97 household who filled the
questionnaires were taken for analysis. The study made use of documents of the union like financial
statements and audit reports as a source of secondary data. The data collected were analyzed using simple
statistical tools like frequencies, percentages, tables, graphs and financial ratio analysis with the help of a
statistical package called SPSS.
The finding of the study shows that the union was not in a position to fully exploit the opportunities provide
by the existing environment due to gaps which emanate partly from lukewarm government officials and
cooperative leaders. The finding reveals that trends of membership have been increasing over the study
period, but the performance in respect of services delivery, profit and patronage dividend, financial
performances, education and training, and membership participation were found low and unsatisfactory.
The major challenges constraining the union are lack of equal opportunity in passing decisions, inadequate
finance, limited capacity of Board of directors, unhealthy competition of private traders; limited physical
resources, lack of education and training are factors which hampered successful performance of the union.
However, the study recommends that low performances of the union could not tend to avoid but keeps it
through a close investigation of its militating challenges. Regardless of low performances of many
cooperatives, we should not forget that there are also successful stories of agricultural cooperatives in
every corner of our country. The researcher therefore, recommends that among other things launching
training and education, provision of adequate finances and collective efforts of all concerned bodies
(Governments, NGOs, communities and cooperator themselves) should serve as a means to its future
|Appears in:||Thesis - Rural Livelihoods & Development|
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